Shimano Stradic FK Spinning Reels

Shimano Stradic FK Spinning Reels

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The Shimano Stradic FK Spinning Reels were designed with technical inshore anglers in mind, who demand toughness and durability in their spinning reels. Building upon the revolutionary series of spinning reels that inshore and freshwater anglers alike have come to love with the Stradic series of spinning reels, the FK leverages Hagane gearing and body for the ultimate cranking power and unmatched rigidity on top of other top Shimano technologies such as X-Ship. Whether you are targeting striped bass in the northeast or redfish, speckled trout, snook and more in the southeast, you will find the perfectly sized Stradic FK Spinning Reel to match your application.

Shimano Technology Found In Shimano Stradic FK Spinning Reels :
  • Hagane Gear - Boasting amazing strength and durability, Hagane Gear is a process in which the gearing is calculated in minute detail and cold forged instead of being cut. This application of state-of-the-art technologies gives the angler reel smoothness from the first use through years of enjoyment.
  • Hagane Body - A reel body with high rigidity, which virtually eliminates body flexing due to it’s stiffness and impact resistance. The result? An angler’s actions are more efficiently transformed into cranking power. It’s efficiency through strength.
  • X-Ship - By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, the pinion gear remains in precise alignment with the drive gear and stays in the same position under even the heaviest of loads. This eliminates friction between the spool shaft and gear which translates to better casting performance and increased gear durability.
  • S A-RB Bearings - These bearings undergo the same anti-corrosion process as Shimano’s A-RB Bearings, with the addition of shields on both sides of the bearings to reduce the possibility of salt, dirt, or other foreign objects inhibiting the bearing’s rotation.
  • Aero Wrap II - Utilizing a patented worm gear design, this two-speed oscillation system lays the line onto the spool in a X pattern that reduces line-on-line friction and helps to increase casting distance.
  • Aluminum Cold Forged Spool - Provides increased strength and durability over diecast aluminum or graphite spools.
  • Propulsion Line Management System - The most obvious component of this system is the Propulsion spool lip design, which has been proven through tens of thousands of casting tests and computer simulations to provide longer casts while preventing backlashes and wind knots.
  • Super Stopper - Super Stopper II anti-reverse uses a one-way stainless steel roller bearing to eliminate back-play in the reel and provide the angler with instant power when setting the hook.

Hagane Body: Metal reel body with high rigidity. The body stiffness and resistance virtually eliminates body flexing. The result transforms your actions directly into cranking power.
X-Ship: Provides greater power transmission efficiency through the use of large precision cut gears with increased bearing support
Aero Wrap II: is a worm gear oscillation system with specially designed pitch to create optimal oscillation speeds. This provides great uniform line lay to reduce loss of energy during the cast shape and thickness of the aluminum rotor creates high rigidity that results in more fish fihgting power. Increased mass of this rotor generates more inertia resulting in easier fishing of heavy jigs and high resistance lures
5 Stars based on 92 reviews
By Bobby
Burbank, California
A worthy reel to last a lifetime
May 3, 2022
I have been using this reel for over 5 years now. So, I have put this reel through its paces.
I use this reel for anything from surf perch to yellowtail/tuna/Durado up to 35lbs. The drag is exceptionally smooth on big fish with plenty of power. I've taken it beach fishing many times and have never dropped it in the sand but the reel has stayed very clean internally through all of it's trips. I have only oiled it after every 10+ trips and it feels smoother than the day I bought it. A fantastic reel that I know for a fact will last my life.
  • Smooth Drag
  • Powerful
  • Stays clean from beach and saltwater use
  • Very smooth action
  • Nice clicker sound
  • Needs bigger knob for bigger fish (20lbs+ fish) but this a preference.
By Joe
newark, de
October 5, 2020
its a awesome reel
By Brian
Chesapeake, VA
gold standard
April 13, 2020
It is the smoothest spinning reel I personally ever used. It seems almost friction free for the retrieve. It is super lightweight and fairly water resistant.
  • light, smooth,flashy, smooth drag
  • none
By Bernie
San Diego, Ca.
Largemouth bass, Peacock bass, payara and piranah
April 6, 2020
I am new to bass fishing, bought two of the 2500 for poppers and jerk baits for a 3 day fishing trip to mexico, El Salto lake, caught over 100 fish on one reel up to six pounds, Lightweight, great drag and very smooth. Then took reels to Colombia fishing for peakock bass, payara and piranah. The guide told me the reel looked to small. Over the course of five days fishing caught up to 30 peacock bass up to 15 lbs, reel worked flawlessly! Plenty of drag to keep the bass from going in the shallows or wrapping around underground tree branches. Biggest Payara was 15lbs, and again, the reel stopped the fish from getting into the current and swimming off. I just could not believe how such a small, lightweight reel performed! Also, I used max quatro 30 lb for largemouth bass and 65lb for peacock's. Got almost 100 yards on the spool, which was plenty! Rather than change out the line, I ordered extra spools from Shimano and delivered next day for free!
  • Great reel, pricey, but you get what you pay for!
By ChuckD
Clayton, NC
Amazing Feel
March 20, 2020
Light and powerful, amazing capability
By Van
Love this reel
February 3, 2020
I have a bunch of FK Stradics and they are the best reel you can buy for under $200 if you can still find them. They are very light, have decent line capacity and are very smooth. As you can see from the 5k has a different handle. I am not sure if I like it more then the handles on smaller reels. The other handles are comfortable. So if you're considering a 4k or a 5k that and the line capacity are the biggest differences.
  • The FKs are getting harder and harder to find.
By christian
Islip, NY
Go to spinner
November 18, 2019
Use this for almost all of my inshore species. Fluke, sea bass, blues, stripers. The 4000 puts out a surprisingly high amount of drag
  • Quality. Drag
  • None
By Russell S.
too small of spool
November 11, 2019
I wished I had read specs before I purchased it as i need a larger spool.
By Tom
Bad luck with this Reel
October 23, 2019
Bad luck with this reel, bring out for offshore trying after receiving this new Stradic C5000XG-K, it was very difficult to reel with little seabass and scup. The worst reel I has bought so far, Maybe just bad luck with a factory defect reel.
By Rick
Pittsfield, MA
Very smooth,great drag
October 22, 2019
very smooth, long casting reel. has a great drag and for a small reel can handle a ton of 20lb braid
  • lightweight, very compact, great drag
  • hear a slight clicking in the reel while retrieving sometimes, does not effect operation though
By Stuart
Daphne, AL
Solid inshore reel
September 19, 2019
Big things come in small packages - the 2500 size holds true to that saying. I've used the Stradic 2500 to catch just about all inshore fish, and does a jam up job. Light weight, smooth drag, and bullet proof...what more could you want?
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth drag
By Corey
God's country, Michigan
Awesome reel....
September 11, 2019
These reels are pretty darn awesome... relatively light and very smooth. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because the bail on mine feels a little weak/loose. Not sure if it's just mine.or if it's normal. But either way it was able to handle a 35 inch pike, with no problems.
  • Smooth reeling
  • Awesome drag
  • Relatively light weight
  • Loose bail
By ChobeeBassChaser
Stradics ROCK :) Best value for your $
September 10, 2019
Been using Shimano Stradic probably 15 plus years. Take good care of them saltwater use maintenance them annually. Replace them out every 5 years or so never a problem
  • Durable, good saltwater protection, Great Value and quality for your dollars
  • Got no cons for it awesome reels
By HankNyNj
Great strong freshwater reel (maybe light weight TOG reel)
August 30, 2019
I bought as a reel to fish the local lake - works great - I"m going to try as a light takle TOG reel in the fall
  • smooth drag
  • looks great
  • none
By Lester
Allentown, PA
July 14, 2019
They've been around for a while for a reason. Because they are awesome. Been using them for years. This year caught my biggest fish to date with a Stradic, a 47 lb striper. Super light and super powerful. Awesome reels
  • Super light, smooth drag ,powerful, power handle on the 5000's is really nice
  • Wish the 4000's would come with the power handle also or at least a smaller version of the 5000 power handle.
29 Questions & 30 Answers
from Wildwood, New Jersey asked:
May 6, 2019
What would be better suited for rockpile fishing for weakfish, flounder, small blues. Stradic FK 3000 or 4000?
1 Answer
Out of the two the 4000 would be better overall 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 8, 2019

from mid coast Maine asked:
April 2, 2019
interested in a Shimano Stradic 4000 for stripper fishing off the Maine coast, what would be a good boat rod to pair ? thanks

1 Answer
A 7 foot mh St.Croix Avid inshore would pair well with the 4000k Stradic 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on April 3, 2019

from Massachusetts asked:
February 13, 2019
is a stradic 5000 to big for casting a seven ft mh st croix mojo inshore, I want to be able to hold enough 20lb braid.
1 Answer
The 5000 stradic fk would be ok paired with the 7 foot mh mojo inshore
Submitted by: Bernie on February 14, 2019

from West palm beach FLA asked:
December 9, 2018
Is the Shimano Stradic 2500 series recommended for saltwater trout fishing
1 Answer
You may want to go up a size but yes the Shimano Stradic FK is saltwater safe.
Submitted by: Bernie on December 10, 2018

from Falmouth MA asked:
October 20, 2018
stratic4000 fk vs stradic ci4 4000....... for stripers, blues and albies?? and what would you recommend for a rod? I was thinking a 7' M or MH, fast action.... throwing soft plastics and 5/8 or 7/8 epoxies etc
1 Answer
The Shimano Stradic ci4+ 4000 is a better built reel then the stradic 4000 it can and will handle harder fighting fish with the stradic fk your going to get a larger spool capacity.
Submitted by: Bernie on October 22, 2018

Juan Q.
from P.Vta Mexico asked:
October 25, 2017
Shimano stradic 5000 fk viene con dos bobinas?
1 Answer
The Stradic FK Spinning Reels solo viene con un carrete
Submitted by: Bernie on October 26, 2017

Bob Donnelly
from No asked:
October 30, 2020
What’s best size pole for no stripe bass fishing from beach
1 Answer
The best size pole would be a 8' to 10' surf rod.
Submitted by: Bass Omar on November 2, 2020

from n.l asked:
January 9, 2020
is reel-4000 waterproof or water resistant
1 Answer
Yes this reel is water resistant. 
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on January 10, 2020

Eric b
from Nj asked:
November 5, 2018
Should I get the 4000 or 5000 to put on a 7foot heavy stcoix Avid inshore? Using it for stripers
1 Answer
Either one pairs well with that rod. I would decide based on the fishing you are doing and what you are targeting. The 5000 holds a bit more line capacity than the 4000. If you prefer a power handle the 5000 comes with it, the 4000 does not have a power handle.
Submitted by: Rebecca on November 6, 2018

from Hammonton, NJ asked:
April 17, 2018
What size Stradic would fit best on an 8’ Tsunami Airwave Elite spinning rod?
1 Answer
The size Stradic that would best fit the 8' Tsunami Rod Elite would be the 5000 Stradic.
Submitted by: Donald on April 18, 2018

from NJ asked:
April 11, 2018
What size reel would you recommend for a 7' medium power/fast action rod used mostly for fishing bay and inshore for flounder?
1 Answer
The Shimano 4000 FK model would pair well with the 7' M rod for the application your looking to use the combo for.
Submitted by: Donald on April 12, 2018

from Greece asked:
April 11, 2018
Hi i am from Greece and i have a shore jigging rod Hart bloody evo 2 cw30-120... And i have 60gr jigs so which reel can i use and which size??? Thanksss
1 Answer
The Shimano Stradic FK 4000 Spinning Reel would be a good size for the application your intending on using the reel for.
Submitted by: Donald on April 11, 2018

from Boca Raton asked:
March 4, 2018
What would be a good rod for the stradic 5000
1 Answer
The St. Croix VIS80MF Avid Inshore Spinning Rod - 8 ft. or the St Croix MIS76MF Mojo Inshore Spinning Rod would be solid options if pairing them with the Shimano Stradic 5000 FK.
Submitted by: Donald on March 6, 2018

from Egypt asked:
January 30, 2018
is this reel size 4000 or 3000 suitable for slow jigging and bottom fishing with 30-50 lb braid line and which size would be better?
1 Answer
The Stradic 4000 would be the best option for the application your using the reel for.
Submitted by: Donald on January 30, 2018

from Gulf of Mexico asked:
January 2, 2018
Would a Shimano Stratic 5000 be a good match with a Trevala TVS-70ML rod? I don't plan to jig with it....but use it for black fish and red fish inshore in the gulf of Mexico? Thanks!
1 Answer
The Shimano Stratic 5000 paired with the Trevala TVS-70ML rod would be suitable for the style of fishing your looking to do. This combo could easily be used for blackfish and redfish.
Submitted by: Donald on January 3, 2018

from Jax, FL asked:
November 22, 2017
What size stradic would you recommend for a St. croix TIS70MF rod? I'm usually throwing 1/2 to 3/4 oz lures inshore.
1 Answer
The 4000 size Stradic Fk would pair nicely with the TIS70MF throwing 1/2 oz - 3/4 oz lures.
Submitted by: Donald on November 22, 2017

Jacob McAllister
from Atlanta,Georgia asked:
October 6, 2017
Is it saltwater approved?
2 Answers
Jacob, Hello yes this reel can be used for saltwater.
Submitted by: Tyler on October 9, 2017
Yes it is.
Submitted by: Devon on October 9, 2017

Mike C.
from North Carolina asked:
May 9, 2017
I recently purchased a Stradic 4000 XG reel. How does this differ from the FK model and can it be used for saltwater fishing?
1 Answer
With the CI4 construction body and having a max drag of 24 compared to the FK at 20 lb makes this reel in my opinion a better reel. The CI4 series reels are also lighter reels.
Submitted by: Donald on May 10, 2017

from Fort Worth, Texas asked:
May 8, 2017
I want to purchase this reel in a 3000 size for inshore purposes, but I would also use it for Largemouth, Would you recommend this?
1 Answer
This is a great reel for both applications.
Submitted by: Devon on May 9, 2017

from groveland ma asked:
March 25, 2017
do the stradic fk 4000 and 5000 have the same body making spools interchangeable??
1 Answer
There is a slight difference in the construction of the bodies between both reels. The spools are not interchangeable between the 4000 and 5000 size reels. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
Submitted by: Donald on March 25, 2017

from California asked:
March 7, 2017
Which size real would you recommend for a g-loom is TSR 802-2?
1 Answer
The Stradic 1000 FK would be the best fit and balance well with the TSR 802-2. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
Submitted by: Donald on March 7, 2017

from Florida asked:
March 2, 2017
What size Teramar would pair well with the 3000 fk
1 Answer
The Shimano TMS-X66M Teramar Inshore Southeast Spinning Rod or Shimano TMS-X70M Teramar Inshore Southeast Spinning Rod would pair well with Shimano ST3000HGFK Stradic FK Spinning Reel. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
Submitted by: Donald on March 2, 2017

from Brownville,Texas asked:
January 30, 2017
Hello I had a question, can you interchange the spools of the 2500 FK and the 3000 FK ? Thanks
1 Answer
Yes you can. In the Stradic a 2500 size and a C3000 size utilize the same reel body, the C3000 size spool simply has a larger line capacity.
Submitted by: Devon on February 3, 2017

from Atlantic City asked:
March 12, 2016
I recently picked up a G. Loomis Classic Spin Jig Fishing Rod SJR722 GL3 for summer time flounder fishing in the bay. Mostly for bouncing light bucktails off the bottom. What size real would you recommend? I can't decide between 2500 or 3000.
1 Answer
I would suggest a 3000 size reel. For the line capacity.
Submitted by: Tyler on March 15, 2016

from VA asked:
January 5, 2016
Might be a dumb question but will spinning the spool backward hurt the reel?
1 Answer
That would not hurt the spool.
Submitted by: David on January 6, 2016

jerome lee jaring
from dubai UAE asked:
October 27, 2015
i want to use a shore jig rod, which is 10ft, 15g to 42g casting weight and will spool it with 20lbs power pro...which reel is suitable the 4000 or 5000.
1 Answer
I would recommend using the 5000 size for a rod like that.
Submitted by: David on October 27, 2015

from PERU, LIMA asked:
September 12, 2015
I'm looking to pair a shimano stradic FK spin with a St. Croix TIS76MHF3 Tidemaster Inshore Spinning Travel Rod. Which model would be best? I´m still hesitating with the stradic FK...
1 Answer
Either size would work, but I would probably use the 5000 size for that rod.
Submitted by: David on September 12, 2015

from Titusville, Florida asked:
August 8, 2015
Will they come out with a 6000 or higher in the future.
1 Answer
No, we are not expecting to see anything bigger than a 5000 size for this reel.
Submitted by: David on August 12, 2015

from Boston, MA asked:
July 30, 2015
Is this reel rated for salt water?
1 Answer
Hello AWK. Yes, these reels can be used in saltwater.
Submitted by: Brandon on July 31, 2015


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